Careful what you post!

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    Careful what you post!

    In the years I have been a member of this forum I can recall several incidents in which members made posts that in my opinion danced on the edge or sometimes even crossed the line of legality. While the moderators do an excellent job of keeping things civil they can't be everywhere all the time. I hope this is just a friendly reminder to everyone that a post made in anger could come back to haunt you.
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    I agree to a point, but it is only libel if it is false....
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    Truth is an absolute defense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mcp1810 View Post
    Truth is an absolute defense.
    Truth is an absolute defense if you have $100,000 for defense counsel and investigators. Otherwise,
    the case is decided on "preponderance of evidence" which is a pretty thin boundary between
    having a smile on your face and owing someone more money than you can earn in a lifetime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hopyard View Post
    Truth is an absolute defense if you have $100,000 for defense counsel and investigators. Otherwise,
    the case is decided on "preponderance of evidence" which is a pretty thin boundary between
    having a smile on your face and owing someone more money than you can earn in a lifetime.
    Touche'. Very good point that I had not completely thought out. This would be a civil suit, not a criminal suit; different rules for being found guilty.
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    One of the biggest no no's I have seen is folks that openly say they carry in places that are against the law and advocate the same to newer members. Fortunately every time members or the mods have stopped that real quick.
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    One of the most memorable incidents for me was a former member writing about a high profile controversial shooting in the Houston area a few years back. This member described (IIRC) the shooter as a "murderer". The words "murder" and "murderer" have very specific legal definitions. There was no disputing the shooter was a "killer" or had commited "homicide" but "murder" is specifically an illegal killing. The shooter was no billed by the grand jury. The killings were found to be legally justified.
    Had the shooter been aware of our forum and wished to pursue it he and his lawyers could have ate our former member for lunch.
    If our former member had stated that it was only his opinion he might have had a leg to stand on, but he was stating it as fact not opinion. And that "fact" was demonstrably untrue.
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    I am always amazed at the people who self incriminate themselves in their posts.

    But, there is another category of posts that even though they are just opinions of the poster, would be aptly used by a prosecutor to demonstrate a violent or overly aggressive mindset in a criminal or civil case.

    If you put it on the internet, it's there forever, and what you post five years ago, today or tomorrow could come back to haunt you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by suntzu View Post
    One of the biggest no no's I have seen is folks that openly say they carry in places that are against the law and advocate the same to newer members. Fortunately every time members or the mods have stopped that real quick.
    Immediately after proclaiming themselves as being law-abiding citizens, as evidenced by the issuance of their gun licenses.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rammerjammer View Post
    I am always amazed at the people who self incriminate themselves in their posts.

    But, there is another category of posts that even though they are just opinions of the poster, would be aptly used by a prosecutor to demonstrate a violent or overly aggressive mindset in a criminal or civil case.

    If you put it on the internet, it's there forever, and what you post five years ago, today or tomorrow could come back to haunt you.
    Yes, saying I would shoot someone in a what-if situation posed on a board could possibly be used as evidence of premeditation or prior intent in the event of a similar, real-life event.
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    I agree. I still cringe every time I read one of the "Good: so and so shot so and so" threads. Some people dont realize that a nice high priced attorney will dig those posts up and you will be painted as a guy who is just itchin to kill BG's. Everyone likes when the good guys win, but to celebrate the violence is in poor judgement. It's a good reminder OP, thanks.
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    Freedom of speech, however, doesn’t apply to libelous statements. Vogel says opinions are okay, but people cannot write hurtful lies about individuals.

    “Individuals are not free to say whatever they want anonymously on the Internet without some liability if they slander somebody,” he said.
    Opinions are one thing - lies and slander, quite different. Knowing the difference can save one a lot of grief and expense.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kb2wji View Post
    Some people dont realize that a nice high priced attorney will dig those posts up and you will be painted as a guy who is just itchin to kill BG's.
    I'm not here. In a few months I may even be known by another handle.

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    One thing that stood out is that because of the Lies being posted they had actual damages not only to their reputations,but their Income.The more that people use the Internet to post false allegations ,bullying,etc. the more you will start seeing lawsuits attacking the claim of Freedom of Speech.
    This forum does an excellent job of "Moderating" and members actually policeing each other when posts are made that could come back to haunt them.
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